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Are you Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and studying or about to study Nursing or Midwifery at University next year?
Do you want to help improve the health of your community?
Why not apply for a Cadetship to help you on your way!


NSW Health Aboriginal Cadetship

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The Aboriginal Cadetship Program is a strategy aimed at increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health professionals into the NSW Public Health Sector, with the goal of providing better health services to our Aboriginal communities. The program is designed to financially assist Cadets during their study and provide academic support to engage students with their study and the workplace.

Providing career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the field of nursing and midwifery can make an enormous impact on the health of Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal people need Aboriginal nurses and midwives working in their local hospitals, community health centres and in senior management positions, for health to improve.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) offers a Cadetship program in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health, the Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C).

The Cadetship program provides support and assistance to Aboriginal people studying an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at University.

It includes
  • A study allowance of $600 per fortnight (20 fortnights over the academic year).
  • A $500 support allowance per semester.
  • 12 weeks paid employment at WSLHD {or a local public hospital or Justice Health facility}.
  • Support from an Aboriginal mentor and cadet coordinator including clinical support.
  • The potential for ongoing employment upon successful completion of your studies and the program.



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    Applicants must be:
  • An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  • Currently studying or about to study an undergraduate nursing or midwifery degree at university.
  • Be a resident of NSW (or within 5km of the NSW border).


Learning outcomes

The NSW Aboriginal Cadetship Program supports participants to ensure completion of their tertiary studies. The cadetship aims to:
  • Engage the Cadet in the workplace and offer support to allow for successful completion of tertiary studies.
  • Consolidate knowledge and skills learnt at university.
  • Provide a clinical buddy and mentor.
  • Offer employment at the completion of the program.


Overview of Cadetship

Program length

The program is conducted in line with the cadet’s undergraduate study and is between one to three years (depending on the stage of study). During that time, cadets will be required to complete (up to) 12 weeks of work placement during each academic year. Cadets may opt to work in blocks or designated days of the week – depending on their personal and university commitments.

Work placement

Cadets are employed on a temporary contract for the duration of the work placement during their cadetship.

Cadets are employed under the NSW Public Health system Nurses and Midwives (Award) and are paid as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) or Assistant in Midwifery (AIM).

Although cadets are paid as an AIN/AIM, they work in the role of an Aboriginal nurse/midwife cadet and must meet the requirements of their cadet position description.

Cadets are entitled to accrue sick and annual leave. Cadets may take paid annual or sick leave after three months of full-time employment or equivalent. Cadets do not work on public holidays but are paid for the holiday if it falls on a work placement rostered day.

Cadets are also entitled to cultural leave to participate in NAIDOC celebrations.


Benefits of the Cadetship

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Benefits for the Cadet

During the 12 week work placement, Cadets gain extra experience in a supported learning environment. This enables the Cadet to consolidate their learning and make them more job ready by the time they graduate.

Cadets will also be connected to a clinical buddy, the Cadetship Coordinator as well as a Mentor at the commencement of their cadetship.

Additional support such as attending local programs and accessing Clinical Nurse Educators during the program will also be available.

Benefits for WSLHD

By welcoming a cadet into the workplace, nursing staff have the opportunity to train and mentor the cadet to the high standards of WSLHD and instil important patient-centred, team orientated values.

The Cadet is a funded supernumerary position.

For more information click here.


WSLHD Cadetship Program contacts

Nursing and Midwifery
Carrie Alvaro
Nurse Educator
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Education Department: WSLHD
Research & Education Network
T: 8890 4967 M: 0409 217 356


Allied Health
Reggie Daguio
Allied Health Training Coordinator
Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Education Department: WSLHD
Research & Education Network
T: 88904 966 M: 0400 819 554



ATSI Cadetship Q&A

Can I work rotating shifts during the work placement?

It is preferable for cadets to work day shifts Mon-Fri to ensure the appropriate support is available.

I am currently studying midwifery at Uni. Is it too late to apply for a cadetship?

No. Current nursing and midwifery students are eligible and are encouraged to apply.

Do I need to be currently studying at university to be eligible?

No. Proof of your university enrolment will be required during the application period.

What are the duties of a cadet during their work placement?

Cadets provide nursing care under the supervision of a Registered or Enrolled Nurse. Cadets work in a supernumerary capacity and function within the cadet position description and scope of practice.

What happens if I need to defer my studies?

Cadets can apply for a variation to their Cadetship. This can be discussed with the Cadetship Coordinator.

I intend to study part-time. Am I still eligible to apply for the cadetship?

No. The cadetship is only offered to full-time students.

During the work placement, can I choose to work in a speciality area of my choice?

Yes. Where possible, you will be allocated to a ward that best suits your interests.

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You can download the NSW Health Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships flyer here

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